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Rule 28 - Finishing
Nationality: United States
Race Officer In Training
This was posted in another forum and the poster said this occurred during an event this year, but since it was absent personal details it seems clean enough to post here without impugning anyone. I thought I knew the answer to some of the questions being posted but one stumped me. Quoting the post text and image that are not from me.
The very first response to the thread poster was correct, that this exact scenario is covered in Case 106. What stumped me was another poster asked if the boat had not gone around the line but instead had sailed up underneath the finish line to the course side, then turned back to the line and crossed. Would that constitute a proper finish and if not what case covers this? Case 90 sorta seems to indicate to me that it does not because when the line is pulled taught, the dip up into the line disappears. Also the SI rule 8.2.6 seems to leave such a finish as incorrect? Or perhaps I'm not reading it correctly?
Recent large (120 boats +) distance race.
When approaching the finish line the wind shut down and the current carried 20 or so boats past the committee boat end of the line. Many of these boats found enough wind to sail under the finish line and circle up and around the finish pin to cross the line from the course side (crude drawing below). These boats received horns and were scored by the committee. Other boats felt Rule 28.2 required sailing back around the committee boat before finishing which took much longer.
From the race SI's - 8.2.6 Finish between the race committee boat and xxxxx buoy, leaving the race committee boat to starboard.
It doesn't really matter since I believe the boats flushed past the line were all later finishers, and not in line for the podium, but useful information for the future. Who was right?
Created: 22-Dec-09 17:10
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